New Year’s Goals Worth Considering
It’s unrealistic to eat perfectly everyday and I am here to tell you that is 100% OK. Want to eat clean? Great! Want to indulge during a special dinner with your partner? Even better. Make conscious decisions about when you might like to splurge. Embrace it, live fully, and it will be easier to meet your long term goals in the end.
Probably the most powerful thing you can do for your mind, body and overall happiness and contentment. Treat yourself as you would a treasured friend. Are you supportive, encouraging and positive or just the opposite? We are not perfect and not meant to be. Try to release that impossible standard and be ok with making mistakes, learning from them and moving on. It’s productive, liberating and where the true growth happens.
Move your body
We are not meant to be stagnant. Our bodies want to move, bend, walk, run and be strong. Consider shifting your mindset from the number on the scale to feeling good and begin to observe what happens. Small changes daily make a big impact. If you have a desk job, try standing up every 30 minutes to an hour to do 10 squats or a quick walk around the office. Use the time to bring the awareness to your breath and breathe deeply 5x. Simple habits like this daily are the key to feeling great.
Create morning and evening rituals
These do not have to be overly involved or complicated. Routine turns into habits and becomes the building blocks for a healthy lifestyle. For instance, drinking hot water with lemon every morning followed by 10-15 minutes of yoga before getting ready for work. This sets the tone for my morning and like a domino effect has a positive influence on the rest of my choices throughout the day. My evening ritual consists of washing my face and applying an exfoliant, serum and moisturizer. Then I like to have a big mug of hot tea with honey and read for about 5-10 minutes before I go to bed. This feels nourishing and prepares me for a restorative sleep.